In Cork, Kate Durrant and the rest of the St Vincent de Paul team prepare 2500 special Christmas hampers to ensure nobody will go hungry over the festive season. The hampers include a variety of staples like meat, eggs, tea and coffee, as well as special Christmas treats like biscuits and selection boxes for children. Many families feel ashamed that they need help, and SVP never reveal the identity of the people they support. But Rosario Ray, who relied on SVP Christmas hampers for many years, has now become a SVP volunteer in thanksgiving.

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